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Physical activity investments that can work in Ethiopia

Country friendly physical activity investments are required to tackle the current burden of physical inactivity, sedentary behavior and non-communicable diseases in Ethiopia Why we invest in physical activity?Everybody needs food and water to survive every day. Likewise, we need daily physical activity to have good health and wellbeing. Unfortunately non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are going to clear people from planet earth i... Read more

Hitting Home Series: Four Reasons Why Dancing is A Great Way to Workout

In this Hitting Home Series post, I will share some tips for why dancing is a very effective workout. This holiday season, you may find yourself at a few parties and the fact is that your body will thank you later for working up a sweat on the dance floor! In this Hitting Home Series post, I will share some tips for why dancing is a very effective workout. This holiday season, you may find yourself at a few parties and the fact is t... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (November 2018) By Dara Oloyede

South Africa: Diabetes Rises to the Second Leading Cause of Natural Death, Ghana: Using Shopkeepers to Screen for Hypertension, South Africa: Diabetes is Linked to Food Insecurity, Nigeria: 9.9 Million Work-Related Deaths , & South Africa: Durben’s Only Needle Exchange Program Reopens South Africa: Diabetes Rises to the Second Leading Cause of Natural Death Ghana: Using Shopkeepers to Screen for HypertensionSouth Africa: Diabete... Read more

Ethiopia’s 1st Physical Activity Report Card for children and youth

Breaking news: The first Ethiopia’s Report Card on Physical Activity for children is released today on November 27, 2018 at Adelaide, Australia. Ethiopia’s 1st Physical Activity Report Card for children and youth Together, we can create Active Healthy Ethiopian Kids! Key Messages Physical inactivity and sedentary behavior are highly affecting children and youth in Ethiopia. The Report Card identified large visible g... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (October 2018) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria - Lagoon Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Walk , Gambia – Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 1 out of 3 of Nigerians have High Blood Pressure, Ghana – 43% of Ghanaians are Obese, Kenya – 4 out of every 100 Deaths Linked to Alcohol Use Nigeria - Lagoon Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness WalkGambia – Breast Cancer Awareness Month1 out of 3 of Nigerians have High Blood PressureGhana – 43% of Ghanaians are ObeseKenya &nda... Read more

Current challenges to tackle NCDs in Ethiopia

NCDs are killing more peoples than infectious diseases in Ethiopia. But more actions and financial allocations are made toward on infectious diseases. Overview of NCDs in EthiopiaNon-communicable diseases (NCDs) are diseases which cannot be transmitted from person to person. However, they are the top silent killers in 21st century. The main NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. These f... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (September 2018) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria: Organizations Advocating for A Smoke-Free Nigeria, Cancer Kills More Women Than Men in Kenya, Botswana Makes Huge Strides in Fighting NCDs, Mauritius: National Prevention Campaign Against NCDs, Tanzania: World Heart Day Nigeria: Organizations Advocating for A Smoke-Free Nigeria   Cancer Kills More Women Than Men in Kenya Botswana Makes Huge Strides in Fighting NCDs Mauritius: National Prevention Campaign... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (August 2018) By Dara Oloyede

Ghana: Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Non-Communicable Diseases, Key Health Issues African Millennials Need to Pay Attention To, Nigeria: Mental Health Advocacy, Namibia: Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases Launched, Nigeria’s 2018 Demographic and Health Survey  Ghana: Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Non-Communicable Diseases Key Health Issues African Millennials Need to Pay Attention ToNigeria: Mental... Read more

How the UN high level meeting misses the mark for NCD prevention and management in Africa and the needed amendments to fix that.

Nusrat Shafiquddin blogs with Engage Africa Foundation to research and create content around human rights, conflict and non-communicable disease prevention and management. Learn more about her and the rest of the team here. Stay tuned to Nusrat's updates by following us on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram. On 27th September 2018, Heads of State and Government and representatives of States and Governments, will gather at the United Nation&... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (July 2018) By Dara Oloyede

Uganda: National Day of Physical Activity, Nigeria: Cancer is the Leading Cause of Death, Zimbabwe: First Lady Champions Cancer Treatment and Awareness, Ethiopia: Promoting Early Cancer Screenings, Tanzania: Forum to Address Non-Communicable Diseases  Uganda: National Day of Physical ActivityNigeria: Cancer is the Leading Cause of Death Zimbabwe: First Lady Champions Cancer Treatment and AwarenessEthiopia: Promoting Early Cancer S... Read more

How air pollution is increasing the burden of non-communicable diseases in the world?

Nusrat Shafiquddin blogs with Engage Africa Foundation to research and create content around human rights, conflict and non-communicable disease prevention and management. Learn more about her and the rest of the team here. Stay tuned to Nusrat's updates by following us on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram. The impact of air pollution is multifaceted. It has a snowballing effect, leading to one health problem or the other. A World Health ... Read more

Personal trainer and Zumba instructor, Ihuoma Nwigwe, on life in the healthy lane

Ihuoma Nwigwe went from an incredible weight loss to unstoppable! She is a Nigerian-American certified personal trainer and Zumba instructor. In this interview with the Hitting Home Series, Ihuoma dishes on her favourite workouts and favourite healthy Nigerian meals (she also does meal preps for clients). Enjoy: Ihuoma Nwigwe went from an incredible weight loss to unstoppable! She is a Nigerian-American certified personal trainer and Zum... Read more

Can the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity block the NCD Epidemic?

GAPPA has a wide ranging action plan which gives great hope for blocking the NCD epidemic. Overview Different sets of evidence continue to disclose the burning burden of NCDs especially in low-middle income countries (LMICs). However, the actions to tackle these fatal issues are not moving forward as expected. In fact, NCDs are killing about 40 millions of nations every year. Around 80% of these deaths are occurring in LMICs where h... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (June 2018) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria: Verve Encourages Users to Exercise , Malawi: First Lady Launches Nutrition Pollicy to Combat NCDs, Tanzania: Taking the Strategic Plan a Step Further , Nigeria: 5.5% of Nigerians are Suffering from Diabetes, Kenya: Hivos East Africa Launches Sustainable Food Project Nigeria: Verve Encourages Users to Exercise Malawi: First Lady Launches Nutrition Pollicy to Combat NCDs Tanzania: Taking the Strategic Plan a Step Furt... Read more

Communities are pushing people to gain extra weight in Africa

Overweight or obesity is riding the rapid rise of NCDs in Africa Communities are pushing people to gain extra weight in AfricaOverviewThe term overweight or obesity implies excessive fat accumulation in the body that may impair health. Evidence shows that overweight or obesity has tripled since 1970s in the world. Likewise, it is on the rapid rise in many low-middle income countries including Ethiopia. It occurs when calorie in... Read more

Hitting Home Series: Nyancho NwaNri on being vegan in Nigeria

Nyancho NwaNri is a continental treasure. A Nigerian by birth, Nyancho stays constantly on the move, travelling around Africa and using the power of her photography skills to capture the diversity of African peoples and cultures. Nyancho has also been able to balance a busy work life with healthy living and we are totally in awe of that. Nyancho NwaNri is a continental treasure. A Nigerian by birth, Nyancho stays constantly on the move,... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (May 2018) By Dara Oloyede

WHO Encourages Nigerians to Exercise, 36% of Nigerians say their health needs are met, Malawians Encouraged to go for High Blood Pressure testing, Namibia: 30% of deaths due to heart diseases, Zambia: Prioritizing Nutrition for Socio-economic Development WHO Encourages Nigerians to Exercise 36% of Nigerians Say Their Health Needs Are Met Malawians Encouraged To Go For High Blood Pressure Testing Namibia: 30% Of Deaths Due ... Read more

"Don't touch that dial": rethinking media messaging in light of non-communicable diseases

The hidden effect of social and mass media should be recognized and public health actions are needed to ensure the digital generation keeps moving. Overview It is clear that both social & mass media have greater use for entertaining and educating people. Many of us use media for promoting physical activity to the some extent. However, constant use of technology can also discourage peoples to stay active. Acce... Read more

The need to plan more healthy urban futures for a rapidly urbanizing African continent.

Urbanization and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes in Sub-saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), a region once primarily marred by poverty, malnutrition, famines and communicable diseases like AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and tropical fevers, has now gathered much strength from urbanization. Today, SSA is the world's fastest urbanizing region. Worldwide, urbanization is a debatable issue. It does pose various kinds of chal... Read more

The sad state of mental health across Africa : It's time to tackle mental health

Mental health continues to be neglected not only in South Africa, but across the African continent too. Over the past few years, the Life Esidimeni tragedy has been making headlines in South African news publications. The tragedy involves the deaths of over 140 psychiatric patients who were transferred to ill-equipped non-governmental organisations (NGOs) when the provincial Department of Health terminated its contract with the... Read more

Displacement and Mental Illness in African Countries

With the mission to fight non-communicable diseases in Africa, through the voices and creativity of everyday people, Engage Africa Foundation, engages students, bloggers, volunteers, trained professionals to create global awareness about chronic diseases. One of the bloggers of Engage Africa Foundation is Nusrat and she is researching to develop content around human rights, conflict and non-communicable disease prevention and management... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (March 2018) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria: 1 In 5 Nigerians Live With Chronic Depression, Nigeria: NCD Alliance Calls For Cigarette Taxes , Kenya: NCD’s Leading Cause Of Deaths In Kenya, Ethiopia: Kidney Disease Prevention, Rwanda: Nutrition Guidelines Nigeria: 1 In 5 Nigerians Live With Chronic DepressionNigeria: NCD Alliance Calls For Cigarette Taxes Kenya: NCD’s Leading Cause Of Deaths In Kenya Ethiopia: Kidney Disease PreventionRwanda: Nutrition Gui... Read more

Cross-sectoral partnerships and fighting NCDs: An example from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Blog - Engage Africa Foundation Engage Africa Foundation works with future public health leaders to mentor them in public health as it relates to chronic disease prevention and control. Through their practicums, they grow in their understanding of and ability to contribute to emerging public health challenges. One of those students is Yllka Sejdiu and she will be reflecting on her growth through monthly blogposts. Bill and Meli... Read more

Hitting Home Series: Abas Ibekwe is living her best life, the fit way

Today’s Hitting Home Series feature is more than close to home for us! Our feature today is a member of the Engage Africa Foundation team. She keeps the team’s social media pages up-to-date, while pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Toronto. Abas Ibekwe is the social media manager at Engage Africa Foundation. We are very pleased to feature, Abas. Today’s Hitting Home Series feature is more than close to ho... Read more

An array of hope for Eritreans: A secondary prevention mechanism strategy to eradicate Uterine Cervical Cancer in Eritrea

With the mission to fight non-communicable diseases in Africa through the voices and creativity of everyday people, Engage Africa Foundation, engages students, bloggers, volunteers, trained professionals to create global awareness about chronic diseases. One of the bloggers of Engage Africa Foundation is Nusrat and she is researching to develop content around human rights, conflict and non-communicable disease prevention and management ... Read more

Healthy Couple = Happy Couple!

How couple based interventions has the potential of combatting non-communicable diseases Engage Africa Foundation works with future public health leaders to mentor them in public health as it relates to chronic disease prevention and control. Through their practicums, their grow in their understanding of and ability to contribute to emerging public health challenges. One of those students is Afnan Ullah and she will be reflecting on her ... Read more

Improving Administrative Practices For Global Health Impact – 2

February Blog Post Engage Africa Foundation works with future public health leaders to mentor them in public health as it relates to chronic disease prevention and control. Through their practicums, their grow in their understanding of and ability to contribute to emerging public health challenges. One of those students is Samiah Khan and she will be reflecting on her growth through monthly blogposts.In February I spent some time in... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (February 2018) By Dara Oloyede

Nigeria: Striving To Achieve The WHO Global NCD Action Plan Alliance And Agenda For Sustainable Development, Nigeria: 75% Increase In Cancer Related Deaths By 2030, Sudan: 80% Drop In The Availability Of Psychiatric And Cancer Medicine, Zimbabwe: The First Lady's Cervical Cancer Campaign, Ethiopia: Increase Prevention for Cervical Cancer Nigeria: Striving To Achieve The WHO Global NCD Action Plan Alliance And Agenda For Sustainable Dev... Read more

Mobile Technologies in Combatting Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases

Understanding the prospect of mobile health technologies in Africa Engage Africa Foundation works with future public health leaders to mentor them in public health as it relates to chronic disease prevention and control. Through their practicums, their grow in their understanding of and ability to contribute to emerging public health challenges. One of those students is Afnan Ullah and she will be reflecting on her growth through monthly... Read more

Population Health Improvements And Challenges In Rwanda

Blog #1 Engage Africa Foundation works with future public health leaders to mentor them in public health as it relates to chronic disease prevention and control. Through their practicums, their grow in their understanding of and ability to contribute to emerging public health challenges. One of those students is Yllka Sejdiu and she will be reflecting on her growth through monthly blogposts. Hello All,My name is Yllka Sejdiu and thi... Read more

Challenges in Implementing the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity (GAPPA) in Ethiopia

Physical inactivity is behind the highest burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa including Ethiopia Overview Physical inactivity is behind the highest burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa. However, urgent actions were not made to tackle the pandemic of physical inactivity [1-3]. Ethiopia is moving in the road of development. In other words, the country is getting more urbanized and industrialized. This can i... Read more

Improving Administrative Practices For Global Health Impact

Masters of Health Evaluation, Practicum Student - Blog #1 Learning...Evaluation...Current State Assessment...Outcomes Engage Africa Foundation works with future public health leaders to mentor them in public health as it relates to chronic disease prevention and control. Through their practicums, their grow in their understanding of and ability to contribute to emerging public health challenges. One of those students is Samiah Khan and s... Read more

Chronic Disease Brief For Africa (January 2018) By Dara Oloyede

Ethiopia: Raising Awareness to Prevent and Control NCDs, Nigeria: Niger State To Screen 1 Million Cancer Patients, and Treat 20 Diagnosed, Ghana: Call for National Healthy Diet Policy, Kenya: Government Scales Up Efforts to Reduce NCDs, Nigeria: Edo State Set To Upgrade 450 Primary Healthcare Centers Across the State Ethiopia: Raising Awareness to Prevent and Control NCDs Nigeria: Niger State To Screen 1 Million Cancer Patients, and ... Read more

Prioritizing Physical Activity in Ethiopia

Implementing physical activity interventions are urgent to tackle the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa including Ethiopia Background The term physical activity implies any movements that require expending or energies. It is broader than exercise and fitness. Physical activity can be performed in the form of brisk walk or bike during travels, as part of work at workplace or home, and as leisure enjoyments. It can be don ... Read more

Informing Public Health With Evidence

Learning more about unique research tools!  Engage Africa Foundation works with future public health leaders to mentor them in public health as it relates to chronic disease prevention and control. Through their practicums, their grow in their understanding of and ability to contribute to emerging public health challenges. One of those students is Afnan Ullah and she will be reflecting on her growth through monthly blogposts.Hello!M... Read more
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